verb (used with object)

  1. to go or extend beyond the flank of (an opposing military unit); turn the flank of.
  2. to outmaneuver or bypass.

verb (tr)

  1. to go around the flank of (an opposing army)
  2. to get the better of

v.1765, from out (adv.) + flank (v.). Figurative use from 1773. Related: Outflanked; outflanking.

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